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Growing Horseradish

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(Best months for growing Horseradish in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Plant in the garden.

  • Easy to grow. Plant root pieces. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 20 inches apart
  • Harvest in 16-24 weeks. Some improvement in flavour if left till after frost..
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Best kept separate
  • Horseradish leaf
    Horseradish leaf

Horseradish is grown from root cuttings. If you know someone who has it in their garden, just one piece of root will start off for you.

Dig a deep hole and refill with compost as the horseradish has a long taproot. Plant it and then leave it alone. Apart from constant wet or cold, horseradish will grow in any part of the garden.

Horseradish is an aggressive grower and will quickly take over the garden. It will also grow well in a deep container or sink an old bucket in the ground to prevent spreading. Otherwise, remove all the plant when you harvest it and save one piece to replant.

Can be planted in early Autumn or Spring

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Horseradish

Strong, spicy flavour traditionally used with roast beef.

Used grated for horseradish sauce or horseradish cream

Your comments and tips

04 Aug 16, Suzanne (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Ulla I buy my horseradish plants from a nurserywoman at the Hawkesbury Farmers Market. I have taken her advice and always planted my horseradish in a deep pot into the soil as it can become rampant and hard to remove if it gets away. Best wishes.
01 Aug 16, Ulla Jakobsen (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I bought 2 roots at my greengrocer, and put them in water. Do I just put them in soil and what end in the soil.
23 Jul 16, Trudie Hopkins (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Where can I buy fresh HORSERADISH or order cuttings. Cape Town and surrounds. Somerset West
28 Jun 16, Debbie (Australia - temperate climate)
Geelong - buy a root from Geelong Fresh and plant- I am trying this Deb
20 Jun 16, Geelong Guy (Australia - temperate climate)
Looking for someone that can start me off with a couple of pieces of horseradish root in or around Geelong please?
09 Jun 16, Joyce (Australia - temperate climate)
My horseradish grew lush green leaves but now have been eaten to just a few leaves How do we know when the root is ready to be used.
07 Jun 16, sandra maasdorp (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Where can I order horseradish from in Jhb? How do I go about to get this and how much does it cost?. I live in Uitenhage EC
24 Jul 16, (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
I found some at Rona Nursery in Jeffreysbay. You could do a day trip.
03 Jun 16, Johanna Bronson (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Where can I buy fresh horseradish or horseradish powder?
30 May 16, Star Geldenhuys (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
I really would ike to grow horseradish. i Ilive in Knysna but I have a hothouse so I can control my conditions to a certain extent. I really really want to grow horseradish and would be mmost grateful indeed if you would help me. thanks in anticipation Star
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